Malik ended his engagement to the Little Mix singer in August 2015 and began dating model Gigi Hadid two months later. In November of that year, the "Like I Would" singer addressed reports that he'd broken up with Edwards via text. "If you could word it exactly this way, I'd be very appreciative. I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don't want to explain why or what I did," the solo artist told Fader magazine. "I just want the public to know I didn't do that."